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"You have done very well," remarked the Brabanter in a surly voice.

Our steward was a Portuguese negro, of the most vicious and surly temper.

He would not have been a Briton if these untoward combinations of events had not made him surly.

She was a Socitaire of the Comdie, old, spiteful, and surly.

He had to bid him go back in a surly tone, and his heart smote him while he did so.

These, my soldiers, were a little while ago as wild and surly as you are now.

"Set about it," was the surly command, and Ramiro turned again to me.

His tone was surly and hostile; but it provoked no resentment in me now.

He was well-educated, but of a surly disposition and insubordinate.

And he was so bad-tempered that the other giants called him Sharvan the Surly.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, "lordly, majestic," alteration of Middle English sirly "lordly, imperious" (14c.), from sir. The meaning "rude, gruff" is first attested 1660s. For sense development, cf. lordly, and German herrisch "domineering, imperious," from Herr "master, lord."

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